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Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2018
adilling
Hiking14.12 Miles 4,470 AEG
Hiking14.12 Miles   12 Hrs   31 Mns   1.13 mph
4,470 ft AEG
 
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The Superstition Ridgeline! What’s not to love about this killer hike? It has a little bit of everything that all adds up to an amazing hike. Difficulty, elevation gain, distance and amazing views, all along the path.

We opted to start from the Siphon Draw T/H after dropping the shuttle car at Peralta T/H. We barely made the cut to get into Peralta because of the Lost Dutchman Marathon.

With that out of the way, we made it back to LDSP and started up the Flatiron right before dawn. Our goal was to cross the ridgeline, continue on to Robbers Roost, and then make it down to the Cave Trail. Ambitious for sure.

The weather was perfect, although the humidity was crazy doing the climb up the Siphon Draw and the chute. I felt like I was in a shower huffing and puffing up to the top.

Once on the ridgeline, we enjoyed the first segment of relatively flat terrain. I knew what was coming though – a roller coaster with some scrambling. The clouds made for dramatic views, although it was a bit hazy.

We made our way up and down and up and down to the base of 5057 and had some lunch. Our speed was slower than expected, so we started to rethink our plan. We even considered going down Carney Springs, but that would still put us a mile or 2 away from Peralta.

Part of the slow pace was my knee. It was right before the first little wall we hit that my right knee started giving me some unexpected pains. That seemed to increase the more “down” I did. By the time we reached the base of 5057, it started giving me a little limp factor. We opted to skip the summit and keep going. I am glad I had the trekking poles for sure. The last 5 miles of the hike were pretty painful when I was moving down. Going up or along flat segments, it was fine.

We pressed on, past the Boulder saddle and Carney Springs and made our way to Robbers Roost. After that, we made the hike down to the Fremont Saddle. It was pushing 530pm by then, so we opted for the faster Peralta Trail for our descent.

We made it down just as it was getting dark. Quite the journey. My knee feels ok today, but I am wondering what I have done to it. Anyone have the same issue? Pain when going down, but no pain going up or traveling flat? Too many rough hikes lately, perhaps. I will stick to some easier ones for a while.

Always an epic journey to hit this one!
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